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    Jake Paul claims he’s in talks to fight Conor McGregor and brags “if we do fight, I’m going to knock him out”

    JAKE PAUL has claimed he is in talks to fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor – and has vowed to ‘knock him out’.The YouTube star has won all three of his professional boxing bouts so far and is set to take on former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on August 29.
    Jake Paul has continuously called out Conor McGregor throughout 2021Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    McGregor broke his leg during defeat to Dustin Poirier earlier this month
    And while Paul is focused on his fourth pro fight in one month’s time, he has also been talking up the possibility of a McGregor clash.
    The American has been trash talking the 33-year-old Irishman for a long time in an attempt to goad him into the ring.
    And he has now said that discussions are beginning to take place about the pair getting it on.
    Speaking to The Herd with Colin Cowherd, he said: “I think it will happen. Look, I mean, I’m the money fight for Conor McGregor right now.
    “There is no other fighter right now who is on a bigger level than me that is calling out Conor McGregor and wants to fight Conor.
    “Our team is in touch with his team and there’s talks of it actually happening. And people at first thought I was just joking when I said I wanted to fight him.
    “But now it’s as real as it gets, it’s more real than ever and by the way, if we do fight, I’m going to knock him out.”
    McGregor suffered an agonising defeat to Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight earlier this month.
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    The former two-weight world champion broke his leg at the end of the first round, with a doctor’s stoppage handing Poirier the win.
    It is the second time McGregor has lost to Poirier in just six months following his second round KO loss back in January.
    Since returning to the octagon after facing legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather in 2017, McGregor has lost three of his four MMA fights.
    He was forced to submit against Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2018, before returning 15 months later to knockout Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds.
    However, another year out the ring has been followed up by two defeats to Poirier.
    While talk of a McGregor-Paul clash rumbles on, UFC president Dana White has insisted the Irishman will get another crack at Poirier due to the circumstances of the stoppage.
    Speaking after the trilogy, the UFC boss said: “It sucks, it’s brutal. It’s not the way you want to see fights end. Dustin Poirier will fight for the title.
    “And when Conor is healed and ready to go, you do the rematch I guess. I don’t know.”
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    Jake Paul CONFIRMS Conor McGregor talks and says he is ‘money fight’ for UFC star but Tyron Woodley a ‘harder opponent’

    JAKE PAUL confirmed he is in talks with Conor McGregor, and insisted he is the ‘money fight’ for the UFC superstar. But the YouTuber warned his next opponent Tyron Woodley is a ‘harder’ fight than Irishman McGregor, 33.
    Jake Paul said Tyron Woodley is a ‘harder opponent’ than Conor McGregorCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Jake Paul says he is in talks with Conor McGregorCredit: Getty
    Paul, 24, has continuously chased a mega-money boxing match with the former two-weight UFC champion.
    And he revealed negotiations are actively taking place and believes he offers McGregor the biggest payday out there.
    Paul told Colin Cowherd: “I think it will happen. Look, I mean, I’m the money fight for Conor McGregor right now.
    “There is no other fighter right now who is on a bigger level than me that is calling out Conor McGregor and wants to fight Conor.
    “Our team is in touch with his team and there’s talks of it actually happening.
    “And people at first thought I was just joking when I said I wanted to fight him.
    “But now it’s as real as it gets, it’s more real than ever and by the way, if we do fight, I’m going to knock him out.
    “I think Tyron Woodley is a harder opponent than Conor McGregor.”
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    Paul faces ex-UFC champion Woodley, 39, on Sunday, August 29 in his fourth and most challenging fight to date.
    And he feels it will prove more difficult than fighting McGregor, 33, who the social media star outweighs by a massive two and a half stone.
    Paul said: “Conor, I think the fame, the money has got to his head, he’s lost that fighters edge, that motivation. And look, he’s a smaller guy.
    “He’s 5-what-8? He’s 155-pounds, Tyron Woodley is a 200-pound, massive, explosive guy, so he’s a lot more dangerous fighter than Conor McGregor.”
    Paul is 3-0 in his boxing career but has so far beaten only limited opposition since his January 2020 debut.
    Jake Paul entered elite company
    That includes against online rival ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 36, a renowned grappler.
    But it has not stopped Paul from relentlessly calling out McGregor, even offering him $50million in January.
    That was before Dustin Poirier, 32, avenged his 2014 loss against McGregor by winning their rematch by knockout.
    Paul attended the trilogy bout at UFC 264 which ended in chaos.
    McGregor broke his tibia seconds before the end of round one, losing by doctor stoppage.
    He is now out for six-months having undergone surgery, with Paul facing a further wait to get his dream fight.
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    Jake Paul’s coach warns Tyron Woodley is ‘in way over his head’ and offers ex-boxing champ Shawn Porter ‘friendly wager’

    JAKE PAUL’S coach warned Tyron Woodley is ‘in way over his head’ – and will offer Shawn Porter a ‘friendly wager’ to prove it. Paul faces the ex-UFC welterweight in his fourth and most challenging fight to date, on Sunday, August 29 in the YouTuber’s home of Cleveland.
    Jake Paul fights Tyron Woodley on August 29Credit: The Mega Agency
    Former welterweight champion Shawn PorterCredit: Ryan Hafey
    Former boxing champion Porter, 33, has seen Woodley training in boxing gyms before and backed the American to win.
    He told DAZN: “Unlike a lot of the guys in the UFC and the MMA game Woodley really, really has worked on his hands for a number of years.
    “I’ve walked into plenty of boxing gyms and just saw him in there training.
    “So I mean, it’s no secret if you watch him in the UFC, you’ve seen that he’s pretty decent with his hands.
    “And with that being said, if you want a prediction, I do expect Tyron Woodley to handle the business, to represent for combat sports, because the UFC is a combat sport now.
    “But I find it hard to see Jake Paul beating a true fighter and I know Tyron, I think he was stopped in one of his last fights.
    “And I know it’s been a little bit of time since he fought too, but I just can’t see that one, man.
    “I can’t see Jake Paul getting the upper hand over Tyron Woodley.”
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    Despite Porter’s prediction, Paul’s head trainer BJ Flores, a retired cruiserweight, is willing to bet otherwise.
    Flores, 42, said to BoxingScene: “This is one of those situations where a lot of ‘experts’ are going to pick Tyron coming in.
    “Tyron was a very polished UFC champion for a long  period of time and he will be an excellent candidate for the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible.
    “However, Tyron has greatly underestimated Jake and very early on it will be a biohazard.  Tyron is in way over his head on August 29.
    “Every single day, we are perfecting the necessary tools to take Tyron into the deep waters and drown him.
    How Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley compare ahead of their boxing match
    “We are ready today, tomorrow, next week. It doesn’t matter. Shawn and I can make a friendly wager to make this more interesting.” 
    Woodley, 39, reigned the UFC’s welterweight division from 2016-2018 before being dethroned by current champ Kamaru Usman, 33.
    But he is still without a win since, losing four in a row before leaving the UFC to pursue boxing.
    Paul, 24, comes into the fight 3-0 all by knockout but has so far faced limited opposition.
    That includes against online rival ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 36, a renowned grappler.
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    Jake Paul CONFIRMS Conor McGregor talks and says he’s ‘money fight’ for UFC star but Tyron Woodley is ‘harder opponent’

    JAKE PAUL confirmed he is in talks with Conor McGregor, and insisted he is the ‘money fight’ for the UFC superstar. But the YouTuber warned his next opponent Tyron Woodley is a ‘harder’ fight than Irishman McGregor, 33.
    Jake Paul said Tyron Woodley is a ‘harder opponent’ than Conor McGregorCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Jake Paul says he is in talks with Conor McGregorCredit: Getty
    Paul, 24, has continuously chased a mega-money boxing match with the former two-weight UFC champion.
    And he revealed negotiations are actively taking place and believes he offers McGregor the biggest payday out there.
    Paul told Colin Cowherd: “I think it will happen. Look, I mean, I’m the money fight for Conor McGregor right now.
    “There is no other fighter right now who is on a bigger level than me that is calling out Conor McGregor and wants to fight Conor.
    “Our team is in touch with his team and there’s talks of it actually happening.
    “And people at first thought I was just joking when I said I wanted to fight him.
    “But now it’s as real as it gets, it’s more real than ever and by the way, if we do fight, I’m going to knock him out.
    “I think Tyron Woodley is a harder opponent than Conor McGregor.”
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    Paul faces ex-UFC champion Woodley, 39, on Sunday, August 29 in his fourth and most challenging fight to date.
    And he feels it will prove more difficult than fighting McGregor, 33, who the social media star outweighs by a massive two and a half stone.
    Paul said: “Conor, I think the fame, the money has got to his head, he’s lost that fighters edge, that motivation. And look, he’s a smaller guy.
    “He’s 5-what-8? He’s 155-pounds, Tyron Woodley is a 200-pound, massive, explosive guy, so he’s a lot more dangerous fighter than Conor McGregor.”
    Paul is 3-0 in his boxing career but has so far beaten only limited opposition since his January 2020 debut.
    Jake Paul entered elite company
    That includes against online rival ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 36, a renowned grappler.
    But it has not stopped Paul from relentlessly calling out McGregor, even offering him $50million in January.
    That was before Dustin Poirier, 32, avenged his 2014 loss against McGregor by winning their rematch by knockout.
    Paul attended the trilogy bout at UFC 264 which ended in chaos.
    McGregor broke his tibia seconds before the end of round one, losing by doctor stoppage.
    He is now out for six-months having undergone surgery, with Paul facing a further wait to get his dream fight.
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    Paige VanZant loses rematch against ex-UFC rival Rachael Ostovich in brutal bare-knuckle boxing bout

    PAIGE VANZANT was beaten by former UFC rival Rachael Ostovich when they fought again under brutal bare-knuckle boxing rules. The two ex-MMA stars headlined Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and put on a thrilling show over the frantic five, two-minute rounds.
    Paige VanZant loses rematch against ex-UFC rival Rachael Ostovich in brutal bare-knuckle boxingCredit: Instagram @bareknucklefc
    Paige VanZant scraps with Rachael Ostovich in bare-knuckle boxing boutCredit: Instagram @bareknucklefc
    Rachael Ostovich beat Paige VanZant in their rematchCredit: @bareknucklefc
    But it was Ostovich – defeated by VanZant in the UFC two years ago – who was awarded the verdict on the judges scorecards.
    She said: “It’s been a long time, two and a half years since the last time we’ve been in the cage.
    “No different, still sport but I still felt Page VanZant fought her heart out. A round of applause, show some respect.”
    VanZant, 27, started out the aggressor in the opening round coming forward and even landed a heavy-looking right hand.
    But as the pair began to find their range early on, lots of clinching led to dirty boxing on the inside.
    In the second round, it was contested largely at range but Ostovich, 30, began to look more comfortable.
    It set the American up for a big third round, where her right hand could barley miss over the top.
    A combination towards the end put Ostovich in the driving seat heading into the second half of the fight, where her right proved decisive.
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    In the fourth, one counter overhand towards the end of the round landed flush on VanZant, who was forced to grab and hold.
    Ostovich continued the pressure in the final round landing the cleaner shots, despite PVZ’s determination.
    VanZant’s aggression opened her up for counters coming in, and left the judges with no doubt who the winner was.
    Two scored it 48-47 in favour of Ostovich and one 49-46, giving the Hawaiian the perfect BKFC debut.
    For VanZant, she is now 0-2 in bare-knuckle, having lost her debut to Britain Hart, 31, in February.
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    Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich scrap in FloridaCredit: Instagram @bareknucklefc
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    Oscar De La Hoya, 48, putting pro boxing record on line against ex-UFC star Vitor Belfort, 44, as they fight for real

    OSCAR DE LA HOYA will put his professional boxing record on the line against ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort when they fight. The pair were initially set to box in an exhibition bout, but it will now be a professionally sanctioned contest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
    Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh with Oscar De La HoyaCredit: Instagram @oscardelahoya
    Vitor Belfort will fight Oscar De La Hoya on September 11Credit: Instagram @vitorbelfort
    According to ESPN, the fight has been approved by the California State Athletic Commission.
    But it is subject to De La Hoya, 48, and and Belfort, 44, passing comprehensive medical testing for 40-year-old-plus fighters.
    It includes an MRA and MRI of the brain, an EKG, cardiac testing, neurocognitive testing and an ophthalmologic exam.
    The bout will be contested over eight two-minute rounds, despite regular pro boxing being fought over three-minute rounds.
    It will also be at 180 pounds, but De La Hoya and Belfort can weigh within five pounds of the limit.
    Triller will promote the event as part of their ‘Fight Club’ banner, which has also featured YouTuber Jake Paul, 24, and Mike Tyson, 55, previously.
    But the brains behind the operation, Hollywood film producer Ryan Kavanaugh, was keen to move away from exhibition bouts.
    He said: “It’s important to transition from exhibitions.
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    “This is as real as any fight Oscar or Belfort has had, not some staged wrestling event.”
    De La Hoya, a six-weight world champion, retired in 2008 after a one-sided loss to fellow legend Manny Pacquiao, who is still fighting aged 42.
    In the 13 years since, he has focussed on his Golden Boy promotions banner.
    But after watching Tyson come out of retirement after 15 years, later drawing in an exhibition with Roy Jones Jr, 52, it inspired De La Hoya.
    Belfort, who won UFC gold in 2004, last fought in MMA three years ago, losing to Lyoto Machida, 43.
    But the Brazilian – who is 1-0 as a boxer winning his debut in 2006 – recently linked up with Triller to pursue boxing.
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    Khabib AGREES to stunning UFC comeback to avenge Islam Makhachev if protege loses to Rafael dos Anjos says Brazilian

    KHABIB NURMAGAMEDOV is set to return to the UFC, claims fellow fighter Rafael dos Anjos.The Russian formerly announced his retirement from the sport in March, having defeated Justin Gaethje in October 2020.
    Islam Makhachev pictured alongside Khabib Nurmagamedov
    Rafael dos Anjos believes Khabib will return to face him once he beats Makhachev
    Khabib, 32, announced that fight would be his last following the death of his father in July 2020.
    But it seems the former UFC lightweight world champion could make a sensational return to the Octogan.
    Brazilian dos Anjos, 36, has claimed he will fight Khabib if he defeats Islam Makhachev, 29.
    Dos Anjos tweeted that the UFC has confirmed his five-round bout with Makhachev, due to take place in Abu Dhabi on October 30.
    He wrote: “I just heard back from the UFC that Islam (Makhachev) accepted to fight me Oct 30 5 rounds in Abu Dhabi and Khabib agreed to come out of retirement to avenge his brother’s loss after that.”
    Makhachev is a close friend and protege of Khabib’s and is seeking to emulate his compatriot and training partner.
    And he has been tipped to follow in Khabib’s footsteps by fighting and defeating Connor McGregor.
    Currently, he is ranked fifth in the lightweight rankings, two places above dos Anjos.
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    The pair have been waiting to face one another for some time, with two previous scheduled meetings cancelled due to Covid-19 and illness to Makhachev.
    However, neither the UFC nor Khabib has acknowledged the agreement dos Anjos has announced, so for now the former champion is still out of action.
    UFC chief Dana White has expressed his desire to see Khabib back in the UFC, but he may take some persuading.
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    Paige VanZant vs Rachael Ostovich is most glamorous bare-knuckle fight in history with pair having 3.7m Insta followers

    PAIGE VANZANT and Rachael Ostovich will renew their rivalry this weekend in the most glamorous fight in bare-knuckle boxing history.The former UFC flyweights will trade heavy leather again early on Saturday morning in the main event of BKFC 19 in Tampa, Florida.
    Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich will renew their rivalry at BKFC 19
    The former UFC flyweights fought one another two-and-a-half-years ago in BrooklynCredit: Getty
    PVZ got the better of the Ultimate Fighter season 26 star that night in BrooklynCredit: Getty
    The pair, 27 and 30 respectively, locked horns with one another two-and-a-half years ago at UFC Fight Night 143 in Brooklyn.
    PVZ got the better of the Ostovich that night at the Barclays Center, submitting her with a second-round armbar.
    A lot has changed for both women since their first clash, and SunSport is on hand to give you the lowdown ahead of their second bout.
    UFC PAST
    Both VanZant and Ostovich were given their marching orders by the UFC in 2020.
    MMA’s leading promotion opted against offering VanZant a new contract following her submission loss to Amanda Ribas last July.
    Ostovich, meanwhile, was given the boot after her third-round TKO loss to Gina Mazany last November.
    VanZant left the UFC with a record of eight victories and five defeats to her name, while Ostovich’s stood at 4-6 after her December release.
    Paige VanZant looks on after her UFC 251 defeat to Amanda RibasCredit: Getty
    Rachael Ostovich suffered a second-round TKO loss in her final UFC outingCredit: Getty
    MONEYMAKERS
    VanZant has made a pretty penny following the expiration of her contract with the UFC.
    Not only did she sign a lucrative multi-fight deal with BKFC – who she claims pay her ten times more than what she earned in the octagon – she set up her own exclusive fan website.
    And she recently claimed she’s made more money selling racy snaps and images on her site – which he launched in February – than she did in any of her previous fights.
    She said: “I will say when I signed with BKFC, the bare-knuckle boxing, I was making more money than I had made in my entire UFC career.
    “Now I’m making more money than my entire BKFC contract in like a month. It’s pretty crazy.”
    Ostovich has also capitalised on the lucrative gig, launching her own member’s website in March.
    Now I’m making more money than my entire BKFC contract in like a monthPaige VanZant on her members only website
    RACY SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
    As well as keeping fans updated with their training on social media, VanZant and Ostovich regularly use their social media accounts to post racy photos.
    Whether it be bikini pictures or photos from modelling shoots, the pair aren’t shy in sharing titillating snaps with their legion of followers.
    VanZant currently boasts a whopping 2.9million followers on Instagram, while Ostovich currently has just under 750,000.
    Paige VanZant recently set up her own members-only websiteCredit: Instagram / @paigevanzant
    The 27-year-old has made a pretty penny selling racy snaps and videos onlineCredit: Instagram/Paige VanZant
    Hawaiin Rachael Ostovich has only set up her own members-only websiteCredit: Instagram/Rachael Ostovich
    The former TUF star set up her website in MarchCredit: Instagram/Rachael Ostovich
    BARE-KNUCKLE MOVE
    BKFC moved quickly to snap up VanZant after it emerged the UFC would not renew her contract.
    The promotion handed the American Top Team standout a lucrative multi-fight deal, which kicked off with her February showdown with Britain Hart.
    VanZant came up short in her maiden BKFC outing, suffering a unanimous decision loss to veteran Hart.
    Ostovich, meanwhile, was signed by BKFC in April, although she’s not yet competed for the promotion.
    WHAT THEY’VE SAID
    VanZant is expecting her second clash with Ostovich to not in any way resemble their first fight, saying: “Going into this, it’s not a rematch because it’s a completely different style of fighting.
    “It’s bare-knuckle boxing, it’s not MMA… I’m not scared of how hard she hits because I’ve been hit by her before.”
    Ostoovich said of her second encounter with PVZ: “I did feel like I was the better striker in our last fight.
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    How Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich stack up ahead of their rematchCredit: SUNSPORT

    “I went into that fight, I had a broken orbital going into that fight so I wasn’t trying to stand with her, so I kept taking her down.
    “There was a lot of grappling there.
    “When I looked back at my fight with her, I wish I could have stood up more. I am excited for this boxing match because it is just stand up.”
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